Skin is our largest organ. You can imagine it can feel rather run down at times. I found dry brushing after learning about it from Kris Carr (Crazy Sexy Cancer). Out of curiosity, I decided to give it a go! The first time was rough for me because I wasn't used to dry bristles against my skin, (sand paper) but over a period of time, my body adapted. It became a more meditative experience for me & left me energized. I love simple self-care tips that are affordable for all, so you won't be breaking the bank to add this to your daily routine. I purchased my dry brush at Whole Foods, but you can find them at any health food store or online. Just be aware of what the brush is made of, since the bristles will be touching your skin. Look for non-synthetic, natural bristles. Alright lets get to detoxing!
Exfoliation - The dry bristles help exfoliate & shed away the dead skin cells that hang around on top of the skin. I have read that it can also help unclog pores, helping those who may suffer from acne. For me, I noticed immediate results after 2x through. My skin felt polished, vibrant, and velvety smooth. I could breathe again! Shed away the old right?!
"The tissues and organs that produce, store, and carry white blood cells that fight infections and other diseases. This system includes the bone marrow, spleen, thymus, lymph nodes, and lymphatic vessels (a network of thin tubes that carry lymph and white blood cells). Lymphatic vessels branch, like blood vessels, into all the tissues of the body."
Dry brushing has been said to assist the lymphatic system in its crucial job. When you sweep the brush up towards the heart, it promotes lymphatic drainage and naturally detoxes the body. We need all the help we can get in this department, due to the harsh toxins we're exposed to all the time!
Now, I have researched this one up, down, and sideways. Some people believe it can help eliminate cellulite, but some say NAH! Regardless. what I've found is that it can help reduce the appearance of cellulite...for a moment, but not for good. Why? When you brush, it causes the tissue to swell, creating more blood flow and reducing the appearance for a moment in time. We'll see what science says later down the road. For now, keep doing your thing & loving your body.
Energized and Flowing
Speaking from my experience, I can definitely say I had a spurt of energy after dry brushing. It creates a tingling sensation in the body due to increased blood flow. So, doing it in the morning before a shower is a great way to start your day. Add a little dance while you do it! The dry brush can double as a microphone...
- Buy a good quality brush: http://yerba.com/tampico-skin-brush/
- Do not wet the brush
- Do this in a bath tub or shower since you're shedding away dead skin cells
- Starting at the bottom, you begin at the good ole feet brushing the bottoms of your feet to and making your way up the legs using long smooth strokes, moving towards the heart.
- Repeat the whole process on your hands, arms, armpits, back, and torso.
- Once done, jump in a cold shower for a minute to help invigorate & energize the body even more. Cold showers are great for your health!
HEY FRIEND: Avoid sensitive parts of your body and be kind when brushing. Try not to brush too hard or aggravate the skin. Everyones skin is different, so just be aware of what's best for you. Your skin will be slightly colored, but shouldn't be beet red. If so, cool it down.